Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Lamentations 2:10-18
Morning Psalms: Psalms 102
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 10:14-17, 11:27-32
Gospel: Mark 14:12-25
Evening Psalms: Psalms 142, 143

DEVOTIONAL


“Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen oracles for you that are false and misleading.”
Lamentations 2:14

This verse calls the people of Jerusalem to task for allowing themselves to be misled by false prophets who proclaimed false visions that the people were only too happy to accept. Those prophets did not expose the many iniquities of the population that eventually brought that once great city to total ruin. How painful that must have been to GOD. He gave his chosen people the best of everything and asked only that they obey his law. Instead, they listened to others who told them things more pleasing to their ears. How quickly they forgot!

Reading this passage in Lamentations made me think about the many false prophets I’ve seen in our society. It seems so easy to idolize those perceived as smarter, better, richer, or stronger, especially if you or I hang on every word they say and scrutinize every action they take, or if we want to look, sound, and act just like them. If I allow it, those prophets/idols will lead me down a golden path that will surely turn to dust. Their visions will likely grow glitzier and more bizarre to keep my attention focused squarely on them, until finally they become so outrageous that I’ll wonder what I ever saw in them to begin with and look for someone else to follow. What a world we could have if we listened only to our true prophets.

LORD, thank you for being ever faithful and giving us strong, sure directions for our lives. May we focus on You and reject the words of those who would lead us astray from your path – the only true one to the final prize of Salvation.
DJB


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